Jordi Gené

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Jordi Gené
Jordi Gené 2012.jpg
Nationality  Spanish
Born (1970-12-05) December 5, 1970 (age 44)
Sabadell (Spain)
Related to Marc Gené (brother)
Previous series
2012
2011
2007–11
2007, 201011
200510
2004
2002–04
2001
2000–04
1998–99
1997
1995–96
1992–94
1990–91
1989
1988
1987
STCC
Lada Granta Cup
Spanish GT Championship
International GT Open
WTCC
TC2000
ETCC
European Le Mans Series
Spanish GT Championship
European Truck Racing Cup
Super Tourenwagen Cup
Spanish Touring Car Championship
International Formula 3000
British F3
British Formula Ford Championship
Spanish Formula Ford
Fiat Uno Championship
Championship titles
2003
1996
1988
1987
Spanish GT Championship
Spanish Touring Car Championship
Spanish Formula Ford Championship
Fiat Uno Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2000 - 2002
Teams Racing Organisation Course (ROC)
Best finish 5th (2001)
Class wins 1 (2001)

Jordi Gené Guerrero (born 5 December 1970 in Sabadell, Spain) is a racing driver who competed in the World Touring Car Championship between 2005 and 2010. His younger brother, Marc is also a racing driver and is currently a test driver for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team.

Early career[edit]

After winning the Spanish Karting Championship in 1986, Gené moved up to automobiles, where he became instantly competitive, winning the Fiat Uno Championship in 1987 and the Spanish Formula Ford Championship the following year.

In 1989, Gené emigrated to England, where he drove in the British Formula Ford Championship, also taking part in the Formula Ford Festival, where he took 4th place. Moving up to British Formula Three Championship, Gené spent two years in the series, taking 4th place in 1991 with West Surrey Racing, driving a Ralt-Honda. Gené also attended the Marlboro Masters in Zandvoort, where he lost the international F3 meeting to David Coulthard, and took part in the traditional season-ender races in Asia, the Macau Grand Prix and Fuji Superprix, winning the latter.

Formula 3000 and Formula One attempts[edit]

Thanks to Marlboro sponsorship, Gené found a seat in Formula 3000 in 1992, partnering Laurent Aïello for Pacific Racing. Gené won the opening round at Silverstone and finished 5th in the Championship in his Reynard-Mugen.

The following year, Gené was involved in the Bravo F1 project, an attempt by former Spanish F1 driver Adrián Campos to create a Formula One team. However, the project was aborted upon the sudden death of team owner Jean Mosnier[1] and the failure of the car to pass the mandatory crash tests, the Team did however turn up at 1993 South African Grand Prix. Gené repeated F3000, this time with TWR Jr., but failed to score a single point. However, the Walkinshaw connection led him to a test driver contract with the Benetton team in 1994, alongside his third year in F3000, now with Nordic Racing and a Lola chassis.

Touring cars[edit]

Spanish Touring Car Championship[edit]

Failing to move up to Formula One, Gené returned to his native Spain and joined the Spanish Touring Car Championship. In 1995, he became an Opel works driver and drove an Opel Vectra to second place in the championship, but a switch to Audi the following year gave him the title after five wins. Gené remained with Audi in the Super Tourenwagen Cup (STW) in 1997.

European Touring Car Championship[edit]

This led to him joining Roberto Ravaglia's BMW Team Italy-Spain in 2002, driving a BMW 320i in the European Touring Car Championship and finishing 8th overall, but although the BMW was one of the two most competitive cars in the field, Gené left the team at the end of year to join SEAT's new attack on the ETCC, starting in 2003.

After a disappointing first season (17th place overall), the Spanish driver's (and the team's) fortunes improved in 2004, where Gené finished on the podium twice, taking the Toledo to 8th place overall in the series.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

SEAT Sport (2005–2009)[edit]

In 2005, Gené raced for SEAT in the World Touring Car Championship, initially with the SEAT Toledo, and took a win towards the end of the season with the brand new SEAT León. He finished 11th in the championship.

Gené stayed at SEAT Sport in 2009 as part of an unchanged lineup at the team.[2] He took two podium results from the season opening Race of Brazil in an event where SEAT filled both podiums. He briefly led race two of the Race of Mexico before being passed by multiple drivers and finishing seventh.[3] Gené finished on the podium for race one of the inaugural Race of Morocco after passing team–mate Yvan Muller on the last lap, he retired from the second race with electrical problems. The start line incident in race one of the Race of the Czech Republic saw Gené along with Andy Priaulx, Robert Huff and Nicola Larini taken out of the race by Augusto Farfus who had veered to the left approaching the first corner.[4] Gené along with team–mate Muller failed to get through to the second part of qualifying for the Race of UK,[5] he then had all his times disallowed because the engine speed sensor of his car's data logging system was disconnected and he dropped to the back of the grid as a result.[6] He was involved in an incident at the first chicane in race one of the Race of Germany and he retired on the second lap. Gené dropped out of contention in race one of the Race of Italy on the opening lap. He triggered an accident when he hit Huff's Chevrolet Cruze under braking, Huff lost control and made contact with Rickard Rydell who then hit Gené and Farfus.[7] He had to sacrifice his position in race two of the Race of Japan in order to benefit championship contender Tarquini. He finished off the season at the Race of Macau with a podium in race one and was eighth in the drivers' championship.

SR–Sport (2010)[edit]

Following the withdrawal of the works SEAT outfit at the end of 2009, in January 2010 it was confirmed that he would partner Gabriele Tarquini, Tiago Monteiro and Tom Coronel in the SEAT supported SR–Sport team, run by SUNRED Engineering.[8] He was the best SEAT driver in qualifying by lining up second, he finished seventh in the first race and second in the second race. At the Race of Belgium he passed team–mate Gabriele Tarquini at the start of the first race but he was under investigation after it appeared he had been ahead of Tarquini at the rolling start. Gené went on to take the victory[9] but was later disqualified for a technical infringement, handing Tarquini the win.[10] He didn't finish either of the races at the Race of Portugal due to punctures. He was caught out by a first lap crash in race one of the Race of the Czech Republic which also forced team–mate Tom Coronel to retire while a number of other drivers continued with minor damage.[11] He was replaced at the Race of Japan by SEAT León Eurocup racer Michaël Rossi.[12] He didn't return after that and he finished the season twelfth in the drivers' standings.

Scandinavian Touring Car Championship[edit]

Gené moved to the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship in 2012, driving a Volkswagen Scirocco for Volkswagen Team Biogas.[13] His best result was a second place at Åre Östersund Airport, he finished seventh in the drivers' championship while team–mate Johan Kristoffersson won the championship.

Truck racing[edit]

Gené's career took a completely different path in 1998, when he accepted Manuel Santos Marcos' invitation to drive the Cepsa MAN in the European Truck Racing Cup. However, in spite of spending two years in truck racing, he achieved no notable results and went back to cars full-time in 2000.

Sportscars[edit]

Gené entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans, racing in the LMP675 category in a Volkswagen-powered Reynard for Noel Del Bello's ROC team, and also took part in the Spanish GT Championship in a Porsche.[14] In 2001, Gené remained with ROC and took the Reynard-VW to a class win at Le Mans, also climbing to 5th place overall. The team's Reynard-VW also took part in the European Le Mans Series, winning the 500km Most in the LMP675 class. At the end of the year, Gené returned to touring cars by taking part in the 24 Hours of Barcelona, where he drove the winning Volkswagen Golf.

Gené also co-drove the SEAT Toledo GT car in the Spanish GT, winning the title in 2003 with Gines Vivancos, but in 2004, the new SEAT Cupra GT was not so competitive.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1992 Pacific Racing Reynard 92D Mugen Honda SIL
1
PAU
Ret
CAT
3
PER
Ret
HOC
5
NÜR
8
SPA
2
ALB
Ret
NOG
8
MAG
10
5th 21
1993 Tom Walkinshaw Racing Reynard 93D Ford Cosworth DON
SIL
PAU
PER
Ret
HOC
8†
NÜR
10
SPA
12
MAG
Ret
NOG
Ret
NC 0
1994 Nordic Racing Lola T94/50 Ford Cosworth SIL
9
PAU
9
CAT
4
PER
HOC
SPA
EST
MAG
12th 3

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2000 France Racing Organisation Course (ROC) France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Jérôme Policand
Reynard 2KQ-LM LMP675 72 DNF DNF
2001 France ROC Auto Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
France Pascal Fabre
Reynard 2KQ-LM LMP675 284 5th 1st
2002 France ROC Auto United Kingdom Mark Smithson
United Kingdom Peter Owen
Reynard 2KQ-LM LMP675 126 DNF DNF

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2002 Ravaglia Motorsport BMW 320i MAG
1

11
MAG
2

8
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

DNS
BRN
1

16
BRN
2

10
JAR
1

9
JAR
2

8
AND
1

5
AND
2

9
OSC
1

7
OSC
2

4
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

4
PER
1

8
PER
2

10
DON
1

13
DON
2

3
EST
1

Ret
EST
2

14†
8th 12
2003 SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra VAL
1

13
VAL
2

16†
MAG
1

9
MAG
2

6
PER
1

Ret
PER
2

12†
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

8
DON
1

10
DON
2

12
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

11
AND
1

21
AND
2

13
OSC
1

10
OSC
2

14
EST
1

14
EST
2

14
MNZ
1

NC
MNZ
2

10
17th 4
2004 SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

7
VAL
1

Ret
VAL
2

11
MAG
1

7
MAG
2

Ret
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

4
BRN
1

22†
BRN
2

Ret
DON
1

7
DON
2

Ret
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

13
IMO
1

4
IMO
2

4
OSC
1

6
OSC
2

6
DUB
1

Ret
DUB
2

DNS
8th 39

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra ITA
1

9
ITA
2

6
FRA
1

7
FRA
2

6
GBR
1

11
GBR
2

5
SMR
1

Ret
SMR
2

13
MEX
1

Ret
MEX
2

19†
BEL
1

12
BEL
2

Ret
11th 33
SEAT León GER
1

7
GER
2

4
TUR
1

17
TUR
2

Ret
ESP
1

1
ESP
2

14
MAC
1

18
MAC
2

5
2006 SEAT Sport SEAT León ITA
1

12
ITA
2

5
FRA
1

5
FRA
2

3
GBR
1

18
GBR
2

10
GER
1

16
GER
2

14
BRA
1

1
BRA
2

14
MEX
1

11
MEX
2

9
CZE
1

4
CZE
2

6
TUR
1

Ret
TUR
2

5
ESP
1

16
ESP
2

Ret
MAC
1

12
MAC
2

Ret
10th 36
2007 SEAT Sport SEAT León BRA
1

9
BRA
2

12
NED
1

9
NED
2

10
ESP
1

4
ESP
2

6
FRA
1

8
FRA
2

5
CZE
1

15
CZE
2

8
POR
1

14
POR
2

21†
10th 55
SEAT León TDI SWE
1

18
SWE
2

24
GER
1

6
GER
2

3
GBR
1

5
GBR
2

6
ITA
1

2
ITA
2

1
MAC
1

4
MAC
2

22†
2008 SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI BRA
1

11
BRA
2

8
MEX
1

1
MEX
2

5
ESP
1

3
ESP
2

6
FRA
1

3
FRA
2

19
CZE
1

13
CZE
2

14
POR
1

5
POR
2

9
GBR
1

9
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

5
GER
2

4
EUR
1

17
EUR
2

17
ITA
1

7
ITA
2

2
JPN
1

11
JPN
2

10
MAC
1

6
MAC
2

Ret
8th 56
2009 SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI BRA
1

2
BRA
2

3
MEX
1

7
MEX
2

7
MAR
1

3
MAR
2

Ret
FRA
1

16
FRA
2

12
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

11
CZE
1

Ret
CZE
2

11
POR
1

6
POR
2

4
GBR
1

13
GBR
2

16
GER
1

NC
GER
2

Ret
ITA
1

NC
ITA
2

5
JPN
1

6
JPN
2

9
MAC
1

3
MAC
2

6
8th 48
2010 SR-Sport SEAT León TDI BRA
1

7
BRA
2

2
MAR
1

13
MAR
2

8
ITA
1

16
ITA
2

6
BEL
1

DSQ
BEL
2

Ret
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

18†
GBR
1

10
GBR
2

10
CZE
1

Ret
CZE
2

13
GER
1

12
GER
2

10
ESP
1

4
ESP
2

5
JPN
1
JPN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
12th 61

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Scandinavian Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2012 Volkswagen Team Biogas Volkswagen Scirocco MAN
1

4
MAN
2

6
KNU
1

6
KNU
2

7
STU
1

7
STU
2

6
MAN
1

7
MAN
2

7
ÖST
1

4
ÖST
2

2
JYL
1

6
JYL
2

5
KNU
1

6
KNU
2

3
SOL
1

6
SOL
2

6
7th 147

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CONSTRUCTORS: SIMTEK GRAND PRIX". grandprix.com. Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (28 January 2009). "SEAT confirm unchanged line-up". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Veltman, Rob (23 March 2009). "Yvan Muller denies BMW first season win". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "ROUNDS 11 & 12 – BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC RACE REPORT". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 21 June 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ English, Steven (18 July 2009). "Menu leads all-Chevrolet front row". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ English, Steven (19 July 2009). "Four drivers get penalties for race one". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ English, Steven (20 September 2009). "Tarquini extends lead with home win". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ English, Steven (19 February 2010). "Monteiro, Gene to return with SEAT". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  9. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2010). "Gene claims first Zolder victory". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  10. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2010). "Gene excluded from Zolder victory". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  11. ^ English, Steven (1 August 2010). "Huff turns pole into victory at Brno". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Gent, James (22 October 2010). "Rossi replaces Gene for Okayama". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Meissner, Johan (15 December 2011). "Jordi Gené signs for Volkswagen". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jordi Gene Guerrero - All Results - Racing Sports Cars". racingsportscars.com. 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

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